Young Dorset Cancer Survivor Praised By Wayne Rooney
9:04am 20th November 2014
England Captain Wayne Rooney has been praising the bravery of a 5-year-old Wyke Regis school boy who's battled back from being diagnosed with cancer, not once but twice.
Elliot Barton won the Little Star Award from Cancer Research UK for his bravery during his 11 month fight with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia.
According to Cancer Research UK, during the last 40 years over 15,000 more children in Britain have beaten cancer than would have done if survival had remained the same as in the 1970s.
Thanks to research and improved treatments, overall survival has doubled in the last 40 years and three-quarters of children with cancer are now cured compared to only a quarter in the early 1970s.
Elliot's consultant at Southampton General Hospital said his condition was so rare she had only seen two other cases in a career spanning over 30 years.
A bone marrow transplant at Bristol Children's Hospital was Elliot's only hope but after spending around four months in isolation, his body rejected the transplant.
Doctors at Southampton then discovered his cancer had returned and Elliot was sent back to Bristol earlier this year for a peripheral stem cell transplant from the same donor.
His mum Joanna said: "Elliot's health is close to normal for the first time in his life. He is doing brilliantly this time and there is even talk about him going back to Wyke Regis County Infants School early next year".
Wayne Rooney, the England and Manchester United star, said: "As a parent myself, I find it almost impossible to imagine the impact of being told your child has been diagnosed with cancer.
"Over the years I have met lots of youngsters who are undergoing treatment for this horrible disease. Their courage, positivity and determination never fails to humble me, as does that of their parents and families.
"I am delighted at anything which my association with the Little Stars Awards may do to help them."
TK Maxx has supported the charity since 2004 and sponsors the award, has raised around £13.2 million to help beat children's cancers sooner.